The humble messenger bag has seemed to be overlooked in recent years. Most of us own (or probably owned) one but while it is gathering dust, we tend to favour the backpacks and totes. The back pack is the perfect hands-free invention – but is likely to piss of fellow commuters on a crowded bus. The tote looks great with anything, but isn’t quite as functional (ever recall losing your keys at the bottom?).
Enter the messenger bag. Forget your past predispositions of the daggy versions you had as a school student (remember the canvas ones graffitied with you mates signature?) because the messenger bag has had a modern style upgrade. On a mission to revive the forgotten staple, grab a pen and paper, because you’re about to get schooled on how to find you perfect messenger bag.
What to look for in a Messenger Bag
Size is first and foremost the most important thing to consider when looking for the perfect messenger bag. Too large and you look like a postman, and too small there is almost no functionality. So, we suggest looking for a bag that is a few inches wider that a sheet of A4 paper.
If you are wanting a messenger bag that is going to last the distance (of course you are) look for a black, brown or navy leather and full lining – and side step the bags with slogans or bright colours/patterns, these will date quickly and you’ll back to square one. Another good tip is to look for bags with a reinforced base and studs.
If we have you hooked at this point, scroll down to look at our favourite brands for quality and functional design that will be sure to make you a new believer.
Zanellato Fredo Dollarone Bag
For a classic messenger bag that is worthy for the office and after work drinks alike, the brown Fredo Dollarone bag is a kit staple. Don’t let the size fool you as there is a roomy main compartment and large exterior pocket. With a removable strap, you can convert this piece from a cross-body to a hand held.
$769 AUD / SHOP NOW
Emporio Armani Zipped Messenger Bag
This is as classic as they come. If you’re after some clean and minimal this will be you best mate. This item features a main compartment with internal pockets as well as exterior pockets and branding on the adjustable strap with silver hardware.
$1324 AUD / SHOP NOW
Smythson Messenger Bag
Another black classic, the Smythson is so sleek and stylish there is no possible way this wont be cool in year after year. The minimalist messenger bag has a nice rigid feel to it, with a large interior pocket, gold tone hardware and a cool addition of blue lining.
$2218 AUD / SHOP NOW
Paul Smith Signature Stripe Messenger Bag
Paul Smith continues to infuse colour into even the basics combining classic english tailoring with the brand’s sense of humour. The latest messenger bag features navy leather with a fold over top with magnetic closures, long strap and large main compartment. And of course Paul Smith’s signature stripe and foiled branding.
$820 AUD / SHOP NOW
Loewe Military Messenger Bag
If you’re looking for something a little different, Loewe, the spanish leather specialists have you covered. Loewe has constructed the slouch style messenger bag in a moss green leather with adjustable contrasting straps and silver hardware.
$3290 AUD / SHOP NOW
Dolce & Gabbana Large Messenger Bag
For something with a little bit more room, look to the Dolce & Gabbana for an everyday bag. This carryall has a fold over top with magnetic closures, roomy interior with several interior pockets and an extra zip pocket on the back, pebbled Italian leather and the brand’s plaque on the front.
$2000 AUD / SHOP NOW
Prada Quilted Messenger Bag
Possibly the most functional of the lot, this Prada bag has that many pockets you could pack in everything but the kitchen sink. The bag’s exterior comprises of quilted leather with added elements of hardware and clips. With the added style given to this bag, its perfect for the street and more than appropriate for work.
$1680 AUD / SHOP NOW
Maison Margiela Square Messenger Bag
If you like the idea of having vintage vibes, look to Maison Margiela. With a slightly weathered, beaten look, this piece epitomises the very essence of the messenger bag. With a cool stylistic twist, the bag features blue leather and a brown interior with a honeycomb printed clip.
$1989 AUD / SHOP NOW
Cover photo: Mango